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Myanmar Parliament Votes To Keep Aung San Suu Kyi Out Of Power

AP | By AYE AYE WIN | Posted 06.25.2015 | World

YANGON, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament voted against several constitutional amendments Thursday, ensuring that the military's veto power remain...

The Impact of Energy on China/Myanmar Relations

Daniel Wagner | Posted 06.14.2015 | World
Daniel Wagner

The acquisition of energy has become a dominant influence in China's foreign policy orientation generally, and has been a driving force in its relationship with Myanmar in recent years.

Myanmar Is More than Aung San Suu Kyi

Stanley Weiss | Posted 06.13.2015 | World
Stanley Weiss

Maybe being hailed as her nation's savior is more pressure than she, or many of us, could live up to. Or maybe the substance of Aung San Suu Kyi never really matched the symbol -- and the West would do well to see that Myanmar is much more than The Lady.

Democracy by Militia in Burma

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The democratization process in Burma remains very much a work-in-progress, with parliamentary elections slated for next year and the country continuing to adjust to the growing pains associated with opening its economy to the rest of the world.

Burma is at a Crossroads? Again?

Jack Healey | Posted 04.27.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

That there has been major change happening is certainly true. But much more needs to be done, and as quickly as possible in some areas. The very nature of human rights suggests (or certainly should suggest) that they are universal and irrevocable.

Myanmar's Lady vs. The Dragon

Daniel Wagner | Posted 03.26.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Speculation remains high in Myanmar as to if and when opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi will travel to China, which was one of the strongest supporters of the previous military government and remains highly influential in the country's affairs.

The New Face of Democracy: Nation-Wide Youth Congress to Take Place in Burma

Akshan deAlwis | Posted 03.16.2014 | Impact
Akshan deAlwis

It is a new generation of Burma's youth who can own democracy and claim it as their own.

Important Transitions: Aung San Suu Kyi, Nelson Mandela, and Hopes for Democracy

Jack Healey | Posted 02.16.2014 | World
Jack Healey

Burma's Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is a good figure to think about in analogy to Mandela. She wasn't on Robben Island, but was greatly isolated in decades of house arrest while Madiba had the solidarity of other prisoners around him.

Fourteen for 2014: A Human Rights Wishlist

Jack Healey | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Jack Healey

As 2013 begins to draw into itself for holiday season and the arrival of the coming new year, it is worth thinking about what human rights issues might be put onto our collective front-burners.

It's Too Early to Judge Aung San Suu Kyi

Gordon Welty | Posted 10.15.2013 | World
Gordon Welty

Critics wonder how Aung San Suu Kyi could express praise for the military in light of the regime's atrocious human rights record. Perhaps it is because she operates in an extremely tenuous political space.

Democratic Transition in Myanmar and Western Interests

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 07.09.2013 | World
Nehginpao Kipgen

Is the government, still dominated by the military, willing to amend the undemocratic elements of the 2008 constitution ahead of the 2015 general elections?

Myanmar To Free 450 Prisoners

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 01.14.2013 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's reformist government ordered more than 450 prisoners freed Thursday in an amnesty apparently intended as a goodwill ...

Burma: Democratic Hopes Versus Authoritarian Fears

Doug Bandow | Posted 12.17.2012 | World
Doug Bandow

Two years ago few people, in or out of Burma, predicted genuine reform. Today almost everyone expects it. The ultimate objective must be to allow the Burmese people to take charge of their own destiny.

The Lady and the Peacock: Aung San Suu Kyi and the Politics of Burma

Stephenie Foster | Posted 06.17.2012 | Books
Stephenie Foster

Peter Popham, the author of The Lady and the Peacock, a spellbinding biography of Aung San Suu Kyi, has great timing.

The Lady She's a Goddess: A Talk With Luc Besson and Michelle Yeoh

E. Nina Rothe | Posted 06.09.2012 | Home
E. Nina Rothe

This month, an exceptional film about Suu Kyi and her struggles, directed by Luc Besson and titled The Lady comes to U.S. screens. It is a film that reminded me why I love cinema.

Aung San Suu Kyi's Party Returns To Politics After Two Decades

AP | GRANT PECK | Posted 03.06.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi cautioned Thursday that the democratic reforms started by Myanmar's nominally civilian gove...

Aung San Suu Kyi Plans To Run For Myanmar Parliament

AP | AYE AYE WIN | Posted 01.20.2012 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi intends to run for parliament in upcoming by-elections, a decision that was expected aft...

Myanmar's Pro-Democracy Leader Warned Over Planned Tour

AP | Posted 08.29.2011 | World

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's state media warned pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi on Wednesday that her planned tour to meet supporters outsi...

When Will Aung San Suu Kyi Really Tackle Sanctions?

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Since her November release from house arrest, Aung San Suu Kyi has been "talking and listening" to her followers in Burma. What she was hearing may have surprised her.

In Burmese Opposition There Will Be No Reform: Aung San Suu Kyi

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The growing discontent with the NLD has been obvious inside Burma for most of the past decade. It came to light internationally when, during the November elections, desperate discussions were held about the official boycott.

WikiLeaks: Burma's Opposition Stifled By Old Farts and Uninformed Analysis

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

The US embassy is Rangoon is not known for its diplomatic activism. But WikiLeaks reveals that behind those forbidding doors busy fingers are sending perceptive, well observed missives about the state of Burmese misery.

Aung San Suu Kyi RELEASED: PHOTOS Of The Detained Myanmar Opposition Leader

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Having been hailed as the "new Mandela," Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi was freed Nov. 13 after her military-imposed house arrest finally ...

Burma: democracy banned but NLD lifts tourism boycott

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

On Sunday, as Burmese head to the polls (or more likely stay indoors, in an opposition inspired boycott) a far reaching decision by the main oppositio...

A Review of U.S. One-Year Policy on Burma

Nehginpao Kipgen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nehginpao Kipgen

Though Burma's future is uncertain, it's important that the U.S. continues to engage. Dialogue between the military and the opposition leaders must be encouraged to pave the way for national reconciliation.

Myanmar Announces Amnesty For 7,114 Prisoners

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

YANGON, Myanmar — Myanmar's junta has granted amnesty to 7,114 convicts at prisons across the country, but it was not immediately known if they ...